Microtek has posted OS X drivers fo ScanMaker 8700 Pro Design as well as a release schedule for OS X drivers for its remaining product line. ScanWizard Pro 7.0 for OS X, which works with ScanMaker 8700 is available to registered owners for a two-week limited time.
The Washington Apple Pi (WAP) user group has planned a one-day bus trip to Macworld Expo in New York City, this July. Over the past several years, the annual trip has increased in popularity and attendance. The two-to-three-bus trip will begin early morning July 18 and end late evening when the Mac enthusiasts return home to Rockville, Maryland. Contact WAP.
Andreas Tellefsen notes that IOXperts does indeed plan to offer Mac OS X drivers for its iRez Kritter USB camera. \"We wrote the Mac OS 9 driver, and we just need to tie up some loose ends before we can commit.\" The company also recently posted USB Still Camera Driver 1.0b7 for OS X, which is compatible with iPhoto and the Image Capture Application in OS X. [updated]
MicroNet Technology today announced the reintroduction of the best-selling MicroNet Advantage Series of RAID storage solutions. The devices are available in SCSI to IDE and Fibre Channel to IDE configurations. This series attempts to offer \"more Gig for your Buck\" with four to twelve-bay rack arrangements and pricing from $2,345.
DENIM v1.0 is a tool for Web site designers that assists in the initial planning stages of a development project. DENIM supports sketching input, allows design at different refinement levels and unifies the levels through zooming.
Digital Voodoo today introduced the HD Fury, a high-definition capture and playback card featuring one HD SDI Input, an HD SDI Output and eight channels of AES/EBU Digital Audio. \"The HD Fury brings 10 bit HD to the Mac, which the industry has been asking for,\" said Matt Dowling, Product Manager at Digital Voodoo. The card, which will ship in the second quarter of 2002, is priced at $12,000.
LassoDevelopment today announced the launch of LassoSites, an online resource showcasing the growing number of Web sites that are powered by Lasso technology -- a new competitor to the PHP and Perl development languages. Sites that are listed on LassoSites allow Web developers to contact each other and view open source program code.
A Mac users discuss success with using the Voodoo 3 2000 video card and Mac OS X on Singapore-based MacRebels. No drivers are officially available for the product.
Granite Digital unveiled today its new Aluminum Ultra Cool Series of FireWire enclosures at NAB 2002. Each removable drive bay uses a Granite Digital FireVue IEEE1394 to IDE bridge controller. Customers can order removable drive trays without drives or pre-configured chassis with 3.5\" ATA hard disks installed. The FireWire device manufacturer\'s products are target at professional users who run applications like Final Cut Pro.
NETsettings NowPod 1.0 is a freeware application that transfers contact information from Now Contact 4.x to the iPod. It offers the ability to transfer a subset of the contact list, sort names, auto-import on launch, auto-save to a connected iPod, and options to export specific addresses/phone numbers. The application adds smart formatting of company names and other enhancements.
Olympus has announced the availability of its new CamediaMaster Pro 4.0 software. The OS X-compatible photo suite instantly downloads images, creates albums and HTML pages, edits & stitches, adds sounds and slideshows, and prints photos, calendars and postcards. The $40 software is not included with Olympus’ digital cameras.
WestCiv has released Layout Master 1.1, an HTML and CSS web page layout editor for \"working quickly and intuitively with HTML elements and the CSS positioning properties.\" The $50 application offers flexible layouts (em, percentage or pixel units), drag & drop support, nudge/align tools, and integration with current HTML, WYSIWYG, text and CSS tools. A 30-day demo is available.
EntourAid 1.0 is an $18 shareware utility that attempts to repair corrupted Entourage databases, especially those hit by the 2GB limit bug: \"Extensive tests have nominal yields of between 70% to 90% of full email recovery (attachments included).\" A free trial is limited to recovery of 20 messages.
ADS has announced its new digital video solution for DV direct-to-disc storage: the PYRO DV Drive captures DV video from a FireWire-enabled camcorder onto its 20GB high-performance hard drive. It has a built-in rechargeable battery, is enclosed in a sleek silver and charcoal grey case about the size of a PDA, and includes acessories such as a six pin-to-four pin FireWire cable (drive-camcorder), six pin-to-six pin FireWire cable (drive-computer), power supply and belt clip. It is expected to ship in June 2002 for $500. ADS is also shipping its PYRO 2.5\" Drive Kit, a $120 external enclosure that converts notebook hard drives to external IEEE 1394/FireWire storage devices. The Drive Kit is completely bus powered through one of the two 6-pin FireWire ports (or through an optional included USB power cable) and features the Oxford 911 chipset.
Mike Bombich\'s Carbon Copy Cloner 1.2 helps users back-up and copy OS X installations from one partittion to another. Version 1.2 of the shareware adds complete Japanese, French, and German localizations as well as an option not to unlock files on the source disk, an event log, and support for blank passwords.
Westlake Interactive has released an updated preview release of its first-person shooter for OS X, Unreal Tournament X PR3. The updater brings improved mouse control (now with sensitivity similar to Mac OS 9), support for mouse wheels and up to 3 mouse buttons, and a fix for a menu textures issue. Westlake also recently announced that Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is now in beta testing, noting that the company is ahead of its original schedule, \"so a ship date before the original August target looks very probable.\" The company is also currently beta testing Clive Barker\'s Undying, which it says should be \"wrapped up over the next few weeks.\" Both beta titles will be published by Aspyr.
The free visual plugin for iTunes, dxpPlay, creates a \"series of vistas where changing particles with differing behaviors respond to the music. A modular design allows the loading of included variation files.\"
Apple\'s announced acquisition of Zayante brought at least two ex-Apple employees back to work for the company: Michael Johas Teener (Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer) was the chief architect of Apple\'s FireWire technology, and he is the former chair and editor of the 1394-1995 standard as well as the originator of the P1394b gigabit effort. From 1988 to 1996, he worked with Apple Computer as the company\'s \"plumbing architect\" for low-cost interconnects, the technical lead of the Firewire project and a major contributor to much of the technology now consolidated under the 1394 standards. Jay Hamlin (Senior Systems Engineer) made original contributions to the Pippin user input device and to FireWire by writing and demonstrating the first isochronous streaming video application.
Apple has quietly begun new AirPort Base Station and Power Mac G4/flat-panel promos, following the end of its Screen Saver Promo on March 31st (which offered $100, $300, and $500 back on 15\", 17\" and 22\" LCD displays, respectively).
Miglia Technology today announced the acquisition of the intellectual property and sole rights to Power•R’s Director’s Cut analog/digital video converter. The original Director’s Cut (’Take 1’), as sold by Power•R, will still be available through Miglia’s distribution channel, as well as Director\'s Cut “Take 2”. Both products are now manufactured in the United Kingdom. The company promises further development of the products, has extended the warranty on new products to 2 years, and will provide free technical support to any user of Power•R’s Director’s Cut (honoring all previous warranties).
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 1.1, an update to its utility for improving Open and Save dialogs in OS X. The update offers numerous enhancements and fixes, including improved performance, better compatibility, and a number of new options as well as improved compatibility with Office X, Tex-Edit, Goldberg, Pando Calendar, and other applications. The $35 shareware is available as a $20 upgrade and as a limited demo. It currently only works with Carbon applications.
QPS is shipping its new Que! 40x CD-RW drive that offers 40x write, 12x rewrite, and 48x read support. It offers a 4MB buffer and support for the latest buffer technology that eliminates most buffer underrun errors. Mac software is available with the FireWire model ($300); both USB 2.0 (not yet Mac-compatible) and IDE versions are also availalable for $250 and $180.
Apple has announced DVD Studio Pro 1.5, an OS X compatible version of its professsional DVD authoring solution. The $1000 application offers support for motion or still menus, web links, multiple language tracks, up to 99 video tracks -- each enhanced with up to 8 different shot angles, 8 separate audio streams, and up to 32 subtitle streams. The package includes Corel Photo-Paint and BIAS Peak DV. The Apple Store lists a ship date of 1-2 days; upgrades are $200.[updated]
Zonic has released SwapTop 1.6, an update to its shareware ($15) Desktop Picture management utility that allows Mac users to set up a schedule to automatically select a random desktop picture, to download new pictures from the Webshots network each day, and to search online for new images. Version 1.6 restores the daily download feature by allowing automatic login to the Webshots network, and fixes a bug where the desktop could fail to be updated after the machine had been slept.
Apple today also announced Cinema Tools 1.0 for Final Cut Pro, a $1000 suite of advanced tools for film and 24P HD (high definition) video that includes tools for editing video at a 24-fps rate, such as import/export of 24-fps EDLs and conversion of 30-fps NTSC and 25-fps PAL video to 24 fps. It is expected to ship in May.
A new SETI@home 3.07 client is available for OS X, fixing problems when running the client without administrator privileges, properly sending large result files (and ensuring proper credit), and correcting HTTP headers for better support for through transparent proxies. (Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN.)
MenuMachine 1.0 is a new extension for Adobe GoLive 6 that allows you to quickly and easily build and edit drop-down hierarchical menus with fully editable menus, WYSIWIG preview, images/text, GoLive integration, relative positioning options, link management, and support for most browsers. It is available for $40 for a limited time.
Stone Design has released iPhoto to PhotoToWeb Exporter 1.0, a free Exporter PlugIn for Apple’s iPhoto that lets you completely control the look and feel of your photo website by using Stone Design\'s $70 PhotoWeb application.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s acquisition of Zayante, a new OS X April 2002 Security Update, Canvas 8.03, and Roxio\'s Toast Titanium 5.1.3. Other recent important updates include Apple\'s NVIDIA Driver Update 3.0, Adobe\'s After Effects Plug-In Power Pack for AE 5.5, AppleWorks 6.2.4 updates, Apple\'s WWDC Session Outlines, and Apple\'s BlueTooth Software Preview.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN